How to Get To Ponza 2023 UPDATE
I just got back from the ridiculously spectacular island of Ponza and I have so much to tell you. For now, while I sift through my pages and pages of notes and hundreds of photos, I will start with the basics and tell you the most important part; How to get to Ponza.
I almost hate to write this post. Ponza is a remarkable island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is not a secret or unknown, Romans have been coming here for centuries. It is not the easiest place in the world to figure out how to get to and that is probably part of its magic.
Ferries and hydrofoils depart from three different towns on the mainland each of which is just over an hour's train ride from Rome. You have to stick to your choice of towns once you have made it. You can not easily travel by train between them. Book your train tickets on the Trenitalia website or app and you won't have to search the platform to find the machine to validate your ticket.
The slowest crossings take about two and a half hours and the quickest are about seventy minutes. Hydrofoils (aliscafi/unica veloce) are faster but they are enclosed. Make sure to book ahead for popular weekends. I often choose to take the slower boat (nave) and sit on the top deck taking in the sea breeze and gorgeous views.
Ponza Travel usually has daily updates on weather and schedule changes for all Ponza connections.
Hourly Regionale train service between Roma Termini and Anzio (10 stops €3.60) You can walk, take a taxi, or a bus to the port from the Anzio train station.
Ferry/Hydrofoil from Anzio to Ponza
Laziomar has seasonal daily crossings between Anzio and Ponza from June-September. June 16 is when this service is scheduled to begin. One-way tickets are €28.
Vetor has daily crossings between Anzio and Ponza during the summer only.(June-September) Tickets start at €36 and are €46 on weekends. There is a strict luggage size policy with fees starting at €5. Online booking is available. Check their Facebook page for updates.
There are three year-round crossings from Formia on LazioMar. From mid-June-September, there are four crossings.
Train from Rome to Formia/Gaeta
There are two train options that go directly from Roma Termini to Formia/Gaeta. You can book a Regionale (9 stops €8.40) or an Intercity train (1 stop, assigned seats, AC and power outlets € 18.00.) Taxi or walk about a kilometer (downhill) to the port.
Ferry/Hydrofoil from Formia to Ponza
Tickets from €19.00 for the slow ferry and €26.20 for the hydrofoil.
This option has the most steps and is good if you need to leave late in the day. Mark has taken this a few times when he had to stay in Rome for a meeting. The last ferry of the day to Ponza leaves from here at 8:00pm.
Train from Rome to Monte San Biagio then Bus or Taxi to Terracina Port
Hourly Regional train service between Roma Termini and Monte San Biagio (5 stops € 7.00)
You can then take a taxi from the train station to the port or take one of two buses; There is a
Ferry/Hydrofoil from Terracina to Ponza
NLG has hydrofoil departures daily between Terracina and Ponza June 1-September 10, 2023. Weekend-only departures April 22-October, 2023. Tickets are €33 one way. Luggage is €2 per bag. Online booking is available.
Laziomar has two crossings daily between Terracina and Ponza from June-September. Tickets are €15.00. Online booking is available.
Direct Transfers and Parking Information
If you prefer to drive from Rome to the ferry port, each of the three departure points has paid parking lots. Outside of the high season, you can bring your car onto Ponza with Laziomar. There are additional costs and booking requirements. There is absolutely no need for a car on the island.
Golpho Service located at the port in Formia can arrange long-term parking, transfers, and left luggage service.
Ponza Viaggio and Taxi Formia can arrange transfers from Rome or Naples to Anzio, Terracina, or Formia Ports starting from €150.